November 17, 2011

Review: Smashbox's Hydrating Photo Finish Facial Primer

I received Smashbox's new hydrating facial primer thanks to Klout. I usually use their regular photo finish primer so was interested to play with this new product. The hydrating factor is really helpful for the winter. It's a full 1 oz bottle so it's a decent size. It is lightweight and oil free so it won't clog up your pores.

It comes out blue like the bottle to reinforce that water feel.

Once you apply it to your skin, it leaves kind of a wet, shimmery look.

I wasn't overly impressed with this product. I like L'Oreal's Magic Perfect Base because it helps reduce the redness of my checks and evens out my skintone even before I put the makeup on. While Smashbox's Photo Finish primer really makes my makeup last. I didn't feel that this hydrating primer made my makeup last all day or evened out my skin tone. A plus was that it didn't irritate my sensitive skin. I am pretty loyal to Smashbox primers though.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?


  1. Oh interesting! It looks totally lovely and dewy on your skin test. Does it not stay like that?My skin tends to be on the dry side so I would love it if it does.

  2. I just did a review of this the other day on my blog. It worked really well for me. I've used other primers that tend to dry my skin out and make it hard to put on my liquid foundation. With this primer I found it easier to put it on.

    Great review! I'm going to have to give that L'Oreal one a try.

  3. @Jamillah- No it doesn't stay dewy :/

    @MJ- Oh interesting. I haven't had any problem with other primers drying out with liquid foundation. Let me know how you like the L'oreal one!


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